May 22, 2005

Zinga zings Evans

I finally found what a commenter mentioned in a comment to a completley unrelated story below. Here's the letter to the editor in the Q.C. Times from talking head, Andrea Zinga. What's your opinion of her opinion?

Zinga: Evans must be held accountable for BRAC job loss

This is outrageous. Once again, the Quad-Cities takes it in the gut for an ineffective congressman.

BRAC makes its recommendations and now there’s an 85 percent likelihood that we are losing 1,982 more jobs. The fact is that some 2,000 of our permanent residents now face an uncertain future. For some of them--former employees of Maytag, Case, Caterpillar, IH, Butler, Gates--they face it again.

These jobs are not being eradicated. They’re being moved to places like Baltimore, Indianapolis, Houston and Columbus, Ohio.

Look at which states and areas gained jobs and which lost. In Illinois, the overall loss is 2,700 jobs. At 1,982 we take the hit. The Defense Department also estimates that almost as large a number of related jobs in the community will disappear in the wake of final action.

Why is this? Well, one reason is probably that, if the Department of Defense has to stick it to a Congressman, it might as well be Lane Evans. He never votes for them anyway. Through the years he has voted, over and over and over again, against defense, against the military, against the lives of our fighting men and women, against our livelihoods in the 17th District.

Last election he decided he’d better “talk the talk” regarding the Arsenal. Remember? He said he would be working hard to expand civilian employment there.

At the Quad-City Development Group’s news conference Friday, the congressman told us he will “fight” and “protest.” Just how many times are we willing to go through this charade?

We need a congressman who fights for us on the front side, not the back side, of these devastating decisions.

At the town hall meeting at 7:30 a.m. Monday, the congressman stayed 10 minutes before leaving "for a meeting with BRAC commissioners, one that by his own acknowledgement had not been set up yet, on a day the commission was involved in hearings.

There were some winners in Illinois. Peoria’s military base gains jobs. Active Congressman for Peoria: Ray LaHood. In southern Illinois, Scott Air Force Base gains 700 jobs. Active Congressmen for that area: John Shimkus and Jerry Costello.

I said in my last campaign that Lane Evans is ineffective. That for 22 years, we have watched 12,000 jobs leave the 17th District on his watch. Barely a half-year into this term, that number grows to 14,000.

I do want to salute the massive local effort at lessening the impact of BRAC, which helped us retain the manufacturing sector on the Island.

Of course we are at war, and the manufacturing sector is performing magnificently. But, so do those 1,982 white-collar employees.

If our congressman can’t help us hold onto Arsenal jobs in war, what does that bode when we’re again at peace?

For that matter, how efficient is it, economically or in any other way, to have three local task forces, two paid lobbyists, a $100,000 per year injection from eight of our area cities, and the congressman’s staff, all scrambling to do what he should be doing--and that’s standing up for the people he claims to represent.

How long are we going to accept the excuse that he’s “doing the best he can”? Even discounting the temporary nature of the 181 jobs in JMTC (Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center), more than two-thirds of the net loss of base jobs in Illinois is in this one Congressional district--from an Arsenal with unique capabilities, available space, a secure location and a decorated workforce.

Every time we have voted to give Lane “just one more time” we have effectively voted to kill another 1,500 to 5,000 jobs. When do we begin to hold him accountable?

Andrea Zinga
Guess Andrea's core argument is that Lane isn't Republican and she is. Pretty weak.


At 5/22/2005 6:40 PM, Blogger none said...

Andrea's core arguement is that Lane Evans is weak. Come on people, wake up. If its not Andrea, then it has to be someone soon, if not NOW. The man has not done the job. The Arsenal has seen 60% of their jobs in his term gone. Galesburg is reelig, and it all occured under Lane Evans. His greatest calling card is his committment to veterans, and now just this week, we see the state of Illinois ranks 50th when it comes to veterans assistance. Even his biggest and best talking point, we can see how ineffective he is in the 17th and for that matter in the enitre Illinois delegation. WAKE UP people. Lane is done, finished, toast. Unless you still want to wither on the vine and die, then he wins re-election. Otherwise, get rid of him.

At 5/22/2005 10:07 PM, Blogger DownLeft said...

So Zinga thinks Bush is playing politics with national security by cuting more jobs from Democratic districts and we're supposed to be mad at Evans about that? Wouldn't the appropriate response be to call for an investigation into the process to determine base closures being used by the Bush admin?

Again, why should I blame Evans for the jobs we're losing due to Bush's policy on free trade that Evans opposes?

I get the feeling that Zinga would like to blame Evans for bad weather and crying babies.

At 5/22/2005 11:19 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

None's comment makes one wonder just how a freshman Rep, with no other experience than reading a teleprompter, is supposedly going to be so much better connected and skillful that they'd magically save the Arsenal? (which may be doomed to downsizing even if Dick Cheney was our Rep.)

At 5/23/2005 11:36 AM, Blogger hud50 said...

dope, I would greatly regret it if I did not call ms. zinga astonishingly ignorant of the BRAC process.

At 5/23/2005 8:17 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Touche, hud. ;-)

At 5/24/2005 12:41 PM, Blogger rope-a-dope said...

how come no one is pointing any fingers at our US House Speaker?

how is it that the Speaker's home state loses any jobs at all?

Denny Hastert deserves the blame for not protecting jobs at the Rock Island Arsenal - not Lane Evans!

At 5/26/2005 7:06 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

All the comments above --except None-- grasp the issue well - Zinga has no method to campaign nor any compelling reason that people would vote for her. She has no clue about most of what goes on - she's unemployed and looking for a job and failed at her calling - a newsreader - so now she is desperate.

The BRAC is so political and not a tool to save tax dollars rather something to stick it to the minority party from the Whitehouse to us in the Quads -- that's reality.

Andrea, take your milk and cookies and go back to kindergarden and try to see if you can learn something this time.

At 12/05/2005 1:36 PM, Anonymous miss parisoff said...

I am a Parkinson's patient and an American with a disability.

a sample of true contempt for the disabled!

I give you Campaign Manager for Ms. Zinga's -2004 congressional race-

Charlie Johnston's response - to my phone call -
about the prejudices they hold - and PD patients - wrote:

> From: charliej
> To: ----
> Subject: Your call
> Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 18:46:14 0000
> Dear Ms. Parisoff,
> I was disappointed to hear your reaction to our
> phone conversation. I have been through a lot of
> campaigns and have learned to take precautions.
> Sometimes people try to whip up an issue for purely
> political reasons. Whenever I sniff that that may be
> the case, I always make sure to have a few witnesses
> present when I take the call. From your tone on the
> phone, though you were forceful, I thought you might
> be sincere - and so I took a lot of time to discuss
> the matter with you. But then the young man you
> spoke with later told me this was probably a
> see, he was one of the witnesses that I
> had sit near me to hear my side of the conversation.
> He told me you told him I was screaming at you and
> yelling irrationally. Nice story, but he was sitting
> there the whole time, and so knew it was not true.
> Now I won't be terribly surprised to see you telling
> that story to some paper sometime. It's okay, been
> there, done that. Except I have my witnesses - and I
> am quite well-known...and one of the things I am
> well-known for is that, though I often speak
> forcefully, I am known to be rather genteel and not
> given to bouts of screaming except under the most
> extreme provocation.
> Since you described the ravings of a lunatic to one
> of the people who actually listened to what was
> being said, I am assuming it doesn't really matter
> what Andrea Zinga actually said. You were what Rush
> Limbaugh often calls a seminar caller - your
> motivation was not to get at the truth, but to slur
> Ms. Zinga and her campaign. From your initial tone,
> I had hoped for better from you. Frankly, you ought
> to be ashamed of yourself.
> --
> Charlie Johnston
> Campaign Manager
> Andrea Zinga for Congress
> Office: 309-344-0522
> Cell: 618-406-5874

I am not ashamed of being a Parkinson's patient.
Although I feel heart sick, for what some people will do to WIN.

an enemy of the disabled.
name -"Charlie Johnston"
ms. parisoff


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